USGS Water-Year Summary 2020
11051500 Santa Ana River near Mentone, CA
LOCATION - Lat 34°06'30", long 117°05'59" referenced to North American Datum of 1927, in SW 1/4 SW 1/4 sec.04, T.1 S., R.2 W., San Bernardino County, CA, Hydrologic Unit 18070203, on right bank, near mouth of canyon, 0.35 mi downstream from Seven Oaks Dam, 1.6 mi upstream from Mill Creek, 3.2 mi northeast of Mentone, and 16 mi downstream from Big Bear Lake.
DRAINAGE AREA - 210 mi². including area tributary to Baldwin Lake at head of Bear Valley.
- WSP 931: 1940. WSP 1635: 1918, 1920 (instantaneous maximum discharge), 1922, 1937, 1943 (instantaneous maximum discharge). WSP 1928: Drainage area. WSP 2128: 1910. WDR CA-2010: 2005 (M).
PERIOD OF RECORD - July 1896 to current year. Prior to October 1914, records for river only not equivalent owing to Greenspot pipeline diversion between sites and exclusion of discharge from Warm Springs Canyon. Monthly discharge only for January 1910, January and February 1916 published in WSP 1315-B.
CHEMICAL DATA: Water years 1999-2001.
SPECIFIC CONDUCTANCE: Water year 1999.
WATER TEMPERATURE: Water years 1983-89, 1999.
SEDIMENT DATA: Water years 1999-2001.
GAGE - Four water-stage recorders. Main gage on right bank of river (station 11051499), canal gage on powerplant diversion (station 11049500), supplementary gage on left bank of river (station 11051502) since 1970, and since October 2006, sharp-crested weir and recorder reporting spill from canal, downstream from station 11049500 (station 11049590). Elevation of the main and supplementary gages is 1,950 ft above NGVD of 1929, from topographic map. Prior to Sept. 2, 1917, nonrecording gages at several sites within 1.5 mi upstream at various datums. Sept. 3, 1917, to May 27, 1969, water-stage recorder at site 0.2 mi upstream at different datum. Canal and spill gages at different datums.
COOPERATION - Records for Southern California Edison Co.'s Santa Ana River Canal above Powerplant No. 3 (station 11049500) were provided by Southern California Edison Co., under general supervision of the U.S. Geological Survey, in connection with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission project no. 1933. Records for Santa Ana River Canal Greenspot Spill (station 11049590) were provided by San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD - Combined river and canal: Flood of Feb. 23, 1891, 53,700 ft³/s, from notes provided by F.C. Finkle, consulting engineer, Los Angeles.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - River only: Maximum discharge, 52,300 ft³/s, Mar. 2, 1938, gage height, 14.3 ft, site and datum then in use, on basis of slope-area measurement of peak flow; no flow at times in some years.
Combined river and canal: Maximum discharge, 52,300 ft³/s, Mar. 2, 1938; no flow on Feb. 17, 2000, and many days in 2013.